The most common places to rent vacation condos and homes today are on HomeAway, VRBO, Airbnb, Flipkey / TripAdvisor, and some on Expedia (who owns VRBO & HomeAway). Before Airbnb was founded and became a factor, the dominant booking website was VRBO and a few others that were all bought up by HomeAway. Before Airbnb, you could book a condo or house directly from the owner and there would be no added fees. Airbnb entered the scene and charged a booking fee to the guest so HomeAway / VRBO and Flipkey quickly followed suit. So now almost all major booking sites charge a fee to the guest which makes your trips more expensive - as much as 10% - 15% higher!
How can you avoid these added fees? You can book directly with many owners, including us. Many of us have our own websites where you can read reviews, talk with the owner, and book with several payment options. There are also many regional and state websites popping up that offer condo and home rentals direct to the vacationer without added fees. You'll just need to search on Google and include the phrase "book direct" "book direct from owner", "rent directly from owner", "no fees", "no added fees", etc., with the rest of your search words. Similar to this - rent Branson condo directly from owner, Branson condo rental with no added fees, or Branson vacation condo rental with no booking fee. You get the idea. Their listings might be on the second or third page of Google, but finding them can save you money!
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